It's romance, Westeros style, and I wouldn't have it any other way. He protected her, and she trusted him. He wanted to kiss her, and she imagined he did. He broke down because of the wildfire, and she understood. He felt terrible that he left her, and she wished he was there. He couldn't stop talking about her, and she couldn't stop thinking about him. There's something there in the books, and there's something there in the show.
I wasn't real thrilled with season 2 and yet I loved the show SanSan scenes. They were even better the second time. The actors are wonderful. Favorites are 1x08 The Pointy End
(another GRRM episode) and 2x06 The Old Gods and The New
and 2x09 Blackwater
was a great Sandor episode all around. I wish there were more but I like all of them. The bedroom scene was odd (I guess it was just chance he was sent there then), but I'll take it.
Why didn't Sandor leave his cloak? Why didn't Cersei order the killing of the bastards? Why did she slap Joffrey? Why did Jaime kill his cousin? Why didn't he call Brienne "Wench" (at least Sandor called Sansa "Little Bird")? Why was Brienne a bloodthirsty killer? Why didn't Catelyn make Jaime swear an oath? Why didn't Ghost help Jon beat Qhorin? Why did Ygritte run away instead of Jon let her go? Why didn't Arya kill the guard? Why did she have such an easy time in Harrenhal? Why did Jaqen kill the Tickler? Why did they cut good Jaqen scenes? Why was Dany's storyline changed beyond recognition? Why did Joffrey torture the prostitute? Why didn't the men of Westeros take off their clothes, too? Why were Shae and Tywin so nice? Why was Littlefinger everywhere? Why was Ros everywhere (or even there at all)? Why didn't Renly eat a peach? Why did Brienne kill the Rainbow Guards instead of Loras? Why Talisa instead of Jeyne? Why take away Robb's honorable reason for breaking his promise?
I wish I knew. The point is, they made a lot of changes.
And here's an interview with GRRM on Geek and Sundry, after this episode aired:
Interviewer 1: "I'm a big fan of the Hound, myself, actually…"
GRRM: "I do know there's all these people out there, who are as they call themselves the SanSan fans, who want to see Sandor and Sansa get together in the end."
Interviewer 2: "The TV show has played with that a little, probably stoked those fires, I would think."
GRRM: "Well sure, and I've played with it in the books, there's something there, but it's still interesting to see how many people have responded to it."
Interviewer 1: "I'm not going to say that hasn't crossed my mind."
Another GRRM interview:
"One of the reasons I wanted to do this with HBO is that I wanted to keep the sex," he admitted. "We had some real problems because Dany is only 13 in the books, and that's based on medieval history. They didn't have this concept of adolescence or the teenage years. You were a child or you were an adult. And the onset of sexual maturity meant you were an adult. So I reflected that in the books."
But that's a problem for a TV show.
"So we ended up with a 22-year-old portraying an 18-year-old, instead of an 18-year-old portraying a 13-year-old," George said. "If we decided to lose the sex we could have kept the original ages. And once you change the age of one character you have to change the ages of all the characters, and change the date of the war [that dethroned the Mad King]."
"The fact we made all these changes indicates how important we thought sex was."
And another GRRM interview, also recent:
The other big decision we had to make to keep all that material was the ages of the characters. In the books, Dany is 13 years old when all of this begins. And I was drawing… although my books are fantasy, not historical fiction in the strict sense, they occur in an imaginary world and imaginary kingdoms, they're very heavily based on real history. And of course, I've done a ton of research about real medieval history. And basically in the middle ages, they did not have our concept of adolescence, of this sort of these sort of teenage years in between where we're kind of adults, but not adults, and we have different ages, where we're allowed to vote at this age, and we're allowed to go to war and die at a different age, and we're allowed to drink at another age, and have sex at a different age, depending on which state we're in, all of that stuff.
They had child and adult. And the difference between them was the onset of sexual maturity.
And we still have in our cultures, remnants of this older structure in our ceremonies, the Jewish bar mitzvah, the Catholic confirmation ceremony, which I went through at 13, reaffirming as an adult the vows made for me by my godparents at baptism. The Catholics once considered 13 adulthood… These things are just remnants now, but they weren't remnants in the middle ages, and they're not in the books. They had a very different way of looking at things. So I was using that based on historical precedent.
But there was no way that was going to fly in our present environment. If we had cast a 13 year old Dany, there could have been no sexual stuff whatsoever with her. And even if we had cast a 17 year old actress playing a 13 year old, there are some really stringent laws in the UK, you can't do that, even if you have an actress who is past the age of consent playing someone who is under the age of consent, you cannot have a sexual situation... So we have a 22 year old actress playing a 17 year old Dany, instead of a 17 year old actress playing a 13 year old Dany, and we did that deliberately so we could include this material. So I think that speaks to the fact that we did think it was necessary to the story we wanted to tell...
I added the transcript...
Edited by Le Cygne, 09 February 2013 - 04:53 PM.